Music for Advent during a pandemic

Here we are. We’re in Advent … during a pandemic. Every year, holding out hope and waiting in the dark offers a profound spiritual power to me. During the darkest days of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, I am consoled by the candlelight while I prepare for Christmas and pray about opening my heartContinue reading “Music for Advent during a pandemic”

Freedom songs

Selma has been on my mind lately. With the passing of John Lewis, my social media feed has been flooded with photos of him standing at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, stories of his constant bravery and even videos of him dancing or crowd surfing. We have lost a legend. And my mindContinue reading “Freedom songs”

Encouragement when the world feels like a mess

If you’re like me — and most people I know — the world feels like a mess. Maybe you’re heartbroken and horrified by the latest news coming out of Syria, by the continued slaughter of human life. Perhaps you’re worried about loved ones impacted by the fires in California — or you are one ofContinue reading “Encouragement when the world feels like a mess”

Hope and healing playlist

As we wait in the dark for the coming of Christ during these Advent days, it can be tough, at times, to keep going. When we serve others we touch the wounds of Christ; we encounter the heartache and pain of our neighbors. When we read the news headlines right alongside the promises of Christ,Continue reading “Hope and healing playlist”

Messy Christian music playlist

Every ordinary day, I am reminded that I am weak and desperately need God. When I forget the birthday of someone dear to me, when I lose my keys, when irritation and anger bubble up in my heart–each experience of imperfection can block my trust in God. I am tempted to think I am worthlessContinue reading “Messy Christian music playlist”

Easter freedom playlist

This Easter season is full of all sorts of life-changing, resurrection energy. The Risen Christ is alive and among us! Praise music is in order as we party down and praise God; celebrate our freedom from chains of sin and oppression. We are set free to serve and act as healers and helpers in thisContinue reading “Easter freedom playlist”

3 tunes for a good God-filled day

Good morning! Let’s turn our eyes to God as we start this day! Here’s a good song to get you pumped up for the blessing of another day: Here’s a song to ponder the fact that you are miracle, that you are one of many imperfect people: And, finally, we know that living the GospelContinue reading “3 tunes for a good God-filled day”

Singing with my Sister Thea

Today is a day for singing. And I mean singing.  We are celebrating the life of a Sister whose legacy continues to unfold. Sister Thea Bowman died 25 years ago today, at age 52. And Sister Thea’s life was a life of song. I never got to meet Sister Thea in person. Yet, through the communion ofContinue reading “Singing with my Sister Thea”

Holy Week Soundtrack

During this sacred week there are certain songs that, without fail, end up on repeat in my head. Perhaps you’re interested, as the music could enrich your Holy Week too. Palm Sunday “Hosana” from Jesus Christ Superstar Holy Thursday “Stay With Me” by the Taize community Good Friday “Were You There (When They Crucified MyContinue reading “Holy Week Soundtrack”

Christ the King party music

Happy Feast of Christ the King! I’ve shared thoughts about this day in the past. Today though, I just want to provide some music and humor for your Christ the King celebrations.  Enjoy! First, some classic hymns made into catchy praise and worship music: And, now for a hymn with some humor: Have fun! And,Continue reading “Christ the King party music”